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The Suburbanite
  • The Monday After: Along the Lincoln Highway

  • Massillon Museum, which sits beside the Lincoln Highway as it extends through the city, is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the nation’s first transcontinental road with a photo exhibit.

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  • Massillon Museum, which sits beside the Lincoln Highway as it extends through the city, is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the nation’s first transcontinental road with a photo exhibit.
    “Along the Lincoln Highway: Photographs by Andrew Borowiec,” which opens Saturday at the museum with several other new exhibits, will take a more recent look at decades-old settings through which the highway passes. Borowiec took the photos beginning in 2008, in the wake of the economic downturn in the U.S., “using that route as a framework to document conditions across the United States,” information from the museum explains.
    “When the Lincoln Highway opened in 1913 as the first coast-to-coast road designed specifically for automobile travel, it brought wealth to the communities through which it passed,” said Museum Executive Director Alexandra Nicholis Coon in a statement released by the museum. “A hundred years later, many of those towns exemplify the difficult times that most Americans are facing, while other places remain pickets of affluence.”
    PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE
    Borowiec’s photos “depict a cross-section of the disparities in social and economic status,” said the museum’s promotional information.
    The exhibit includes images in what the museum terms the first phase of an ongoing project by the photographer. They show scenes from the first third of the highway’s 3,389-mile length, from New York through Illinois. Many of the pictures in the exhibit were taken in Ohio, including Lisbon, Robertsville, East Liverpool, Mansfield and Massillon.
    Others include images captured in Pennsylvania and Illinois.
    ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
    Borowiec, who has taught photography at the University of Akron since 1984, has been photographing “America’s changing industrial and post-industrial landscape for over 25 years,” according to his biography on the university’s website.
    The photographer has published such collections of his images as “Along the Ohio,” “Industrial Perspective: Photographs of the Gulf Coast” and “Cleveland: The Flats, the Mill, and the Hills.”
    Borowiec has been featured in numerous showings of his photography, including an exhibit in 2010 at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
    A LITTLE HISTORY
    The idea for the Lincoln Highway came from Carl Fisher, who also fostered the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, says the website for the Lincoln Highway Association. He collaborated with industrialists Frank Seiberling and Henry Joy to create the hard-surfaced road, using corporate and private donations.
    On a route from New York to San Francisco, the road traveled through New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and California.
    One of the original concrete posts that marked the Lincoln Highway sits outside of the Massillon Museum.
    ABOUT THE EVENT
    WHAT  “Along the Lincoln Highway: Photographs by Andrew Borowiec”
    Page 2 of 2 - WHEN  Opens Saturday
    WHERE  Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E
    WHY  To commemorate the centennial of the nation’s first transcontinental highway
    WHO  Andrew Borowiec is distinguished professor of art at the University of Akron’s Myers School of Art.
    HOW  Admission to Massillon Museum is free. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 2 to
    5 p.m. Sunday.
    OPENING RECEPTION
    Massillon Museum will hold an exhibit opening for “Along the Lincoln Highway: Photographs by Andrew Borowiec” from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, concurrent with the opening of the museum’s main summer show, “Snap! In the Photobooth with Andy Warhol and Friends.”
    The opening is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.  
    OTHER EXHIBITS
    Also opening Saturday are other Massillon Museum summer exhibits: “Art Out Loud: Psychedelic Posters of the 1960s,” “Paul Brown: The Ohio State Years,” and “Civil War: The Regiments of Camp Massillon.”
    A RELATED EVENT
    A centennial tour of the Lincoln Highway organized by the Lincoln Highway Association will stop in Canton on June 25 to visit the Canton Classic Car Museum. Many of the participants will be driving or riding in vintage automobiles.  To mark the 100th anniversary of the nation’s first cross-country road, two sets of drivers are traveling the route of the Lincoln Highway, heading inland from both the East and West coasts. The drivers will meet in Kearney, Neb., on June 30 for the association’s annual conference, where an anniversary program will take place July 1. The East Coast drivers, including about a dozen Canton-and Massillon-area individuals, will pass through Stark County on June 25.
    Reach Gary at 330-580-8303 or gary.brown@cantonrep.com.
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